Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces (Matt. 7:6)~~ Ever see someone “in a crowd” hatefully go off…. making a public scene, simply because they over-heard someone share some basic truth of God’s love? Possibly it’s even happened to you. You express your reverence to God and get teased, ridiculed or challenged on the stage in front of the crowd..all to minimize you and the Word you carry. We see it all the time whenever the truth of God is given. There is always an opposing point of view that has a burning desire to make itself heard. You know what they say: If you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, typically the one who barks the loudest is the one that got hit! Perhaps and most likely, the person that went ballistic-berserk is the one that got hit by the rock of the Spirit’s conviction..so to speak. Spiritual “dogs” if you will, are attracted to really filthy things on the ground (in the world). They like what smells rotten. They like to feed on what shouldn’t be fed upon. They like to bite people or other dogs. As it is with spiritual swine, they will walk on what’s priceless, holy things are of no value to them. They will come back at you, brandishing their own ‘memorized’ scriptural favorites with verses like Matthew 7:1, saying “Judge not, lest you be judged.” In the unbelieving and the rebellious mind, quoting this verse is a way of defending what he or she loves doing so that you don’t bother him or her with the truth that convicts. Some don’t want to be confused etc.. by the facts. They don’t want to take responsibility for their wrong-doing’s or have to change themselves and their ways. Some people actually do love their dark sinful “party habits” and selfish pleasures more than they want imputed righteousness freely given by God, so they just get angry at us. Some feel angry at God, believing that He has let them down. It’s a cruel world we live in and some want to blame Him without looking at their own wrongs. Or.. maybe the one who quotes this verse might want to ward off what they see as a smug, holier-than-thou, arrogant type of carnal believer who tends to be a finger-pointer and very accusatory. When the Holy Spirit is working on someone to lovingly bring them to repentance and faith, because they have been prayed for, or witnessed to before.. the spiritual battle that is going on for his or her soul can get pretty fierce. It can get more intense the closer they get to making a decision for Jesus. And the devil really doesn’t want to lose any of his own that he has in his grasp, and he will all-out fight for them so that they can stay in spiritual chains and one day be with him forever in Hell. Unbelievers and the rebellious in God’s eyes, have great value – each one of them just like you do. That’s why we must trust and obey Jesus and fight the good fight of FAITH, but not be angry at or strive with people. There is a lot at stake and sometimes a lot going on around us in the spirit world – if you will. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph 6:12). We certainly can’t see the inner heart and spiritual condition of a person. We are not called to attempt to judge a person’s motives, for only God knows their motives. So, there will be times when God doesn’t want you wasting your kind words of truth with “closed minded” sinners in an effort to help them. This might sound crazy, but why force a Message upon those lost individuals who absolutely refuse to hear it? He rather wants you and I to live the life, to be His faithful witnesses all the time. While it’s important for all to hear God’s Word and be led of the Spirit every day.. sometimes you and I speak the loudest through our actions in being a witness for Christ (Be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only – James 1:22). We must decide not to react in the flesh, but to respond in the Spirit of love. By faith rest in the Lord and choose to be an overcomer full of God’s Spirit and Word. Opt to be victorious today, not needing to prove a thing to anybody. People are worth fighting, not with, but for… on our knees. The unseen spiritual battle is ultimately the Lord’s. Be strong in the Lord and the power of HIS might!